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Jack D. Bryant

Doctor of Engineering

Over the past four decades, Jack D. Bryant’s award-winning engineering firm, Bryant Associates, has helped shape and strengthen communities throughout the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia, and North Africa.

From water and wastewater issues to construction management to transportation and traffic engineering, Bryant Associates has earned a reputation for bringing clear vision and state-of-the-art solutions to the 21st century infrastructure challenges today’s cities face.

Under Bryant’s inspired leadership the company has won numerous awards, from organizations ranging from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects to the Construction Management Association of America. Today he continues to serve as president, responsible for directing all business operations and overseeing projects in the firm’s six offices nationwide.

Bryant’s impact spans far beyond the world of engineering. He also played a critical role in our nation’s history—a role for which he was awarded one of the nation’s highest civilian honors, the Congressional Gold Medal, by President George W. Bush in 2007.

During World War II, he became one of 996 Tuskegee Airmen, the renowned group of African Americans whose achievements in that war helped shift America’s views on racial equality and integration.

Following in the footsteps of his older brother Joseph, Bryant trained to be a B-25 bomber pilot. The war ended before he could see combat, and Jack Bryant was discharged from the Army Air Corps in 1946.

But the experience shaped his life in many ways, starting with the GI Bill, which enabled Bryant to attend the University of Michigan and earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He subsequently enrolled at Northeastern, receiving a master’s degree in engineering management.

Among his numerous honors and distinctions, the Northeastern alumnus is a fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers.

He holds professional registrations in many states and memberships in several organizations: the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. In addition, Bryant has served as president of the Boston Post Chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers.

Bryant also holds positions related to his historic role, serving as a supporting member of the proposed Massachusetts Air and Space Museum. More recently, he was inducted into the Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame.